Benefit Cheek Parade – blush and bronzer for pale skin!

I’m excited to say that I am now the owner of Benefit’s Cheek Parade palette.  The Benefit Cheek Parade palette was released recently, and I thought it was very pretty when I saw it online.  I was most interested in Rockateur and the new Hoola Lite and Galifornia, though all 5 of the shades seem like they would complement pale skin beautifully.  However, I have commitment issues with makeup palettes!  I’m a firm believer that there are ALWAYS going to be a few shades that I will not use, and then I think it’s wasteful for me to purchase the whole palette if that is the case.  Fast forward to today, when I saw the Cheek Parade with my own eyes at my local Sephora… I immediately grabbed it!  Even though it’s in palette form, even though I know that I have enough blushes and bronzers that I love, I had a strong affirmation in the core of my gut that the Cheek Parade and I will have a long love affair, and that there is a very good possibility that I will use every. single. color. in this palette!  Read on to see my thoughts!

Benefit Cheek Parade blush and bronzer for pale skin

I am not a fan of cutesy packaging.  If it’s too twee, my first instinct is to pass because it’s not something I want to look at everyday.  Am I just a grump? Possibly.  Benefit’s packaging is pretty cutesy, but it does make me smile!

Anyway, onto the important stuff.  You get 5 full size products in the Cheek Parade – three blushes, including the new Galifornia, and two bronzers, including the new Hoola Lite.  Let’s take a look at the beautiful selection!

Benefit Cheek Parade Palette -blushes and bronzers for pale skin

In my eyes, it’s a very wearable and neutral palette, which is why I think it will become an everyday staple for a lot of people, like me!

Rockateur looks pretty shimmery at first blush (pun!), but I believe that is just an overspray that will go away and leave a natural rosey plum blush.  The sample at sephora was pretty worn down and it definitely did not show that high shine throughout.  I will be loving Rockateur in the winter and fall or when I’m in a mood.

Hoola is a bronzer that can work for pale skin like mine if I ever have a tan or if I use it with a very light hand!   It is nice it is a matte bronzer too.  Sometimes you just need to cut the glow a tiny bit 🙂

Galifornia is a pretty golden pink that is reminiscent of NARS Orgasm blush, though less shimmery looking, thank goodness.  I can’t wait to get this on my face!  Plus, I live in California!

Hoola Lite looks to be the perfect bronzer for pale princesses.  It is matte, not orange, quite light and very promising.  Benefit says that it can be swept all over the face as a finishing powder and will warm up the complexion.  It is lighter than the Physicians Formula Butter Bronzer in Light but with the same undertones.  I think it is also very similar to the L’Oreal True Match Blush in Bare Honey, which I sometimes use as “barely there” bronzer.  Hoola Lite is a bit more tan while Bare Honey is a bit lighter and has a sheen.  I think they will both be perfect as barely there bronzers.

Benefit Hoola Lite and L'Oreal True Match Blush Bare Honey

Left: L’Oreal True Match Blush in Bare Honey; Right: Benefit Hoola Lite

Left: Benefit Hoola Lite; Right: L’Oreal True Match Blush in Bare Honey

Finally, Dandelion.  This looks like the perfect everyday blush, especially for the pale.  It’s a baby pink that will give life to your face.  Benefit says that you can apply this all over your face to brighten as well.   It’s really a beautiful and easy color to wear, and I think Dandelion looks similar to another L’Oreal blush I adore – Baby Blossom!

They are both baby pinks and are virtually the same color except Dandelion is more intense, probably because it’s more pigmented.

Left: L’Oreal True Match Blush in Baby Blossom; Right: Benefit Dandelion

Benefit blushes and bronzers are all quite buttery and pigmented, so a little will go a long way.  I foresee myself taking the Benefit Cheek Parade with me on a lot of trips, especially longer ones, to cut down on bulk and to have the perfect selection of blushes and bronzers!  The palette also smells divine.  One thing I will give Benefit credit for is despite the cutesy packaging, their blushes and bronzers smell GOOD.  Kind of sweet, but not annoying!

My final thought is that the Benefit Cheek Parade palette is an amazing deal.  You get 5 full size products for the cost of two!  Yup, an individual Benefit blush is $29, but this palette is $58.  It’s like buy two get THREE free, which is a deal I can get behind!

What do you think about the Benefit Cheek Parade palette?  Do you like palettes or do you stay away from them as I do for the most part?


All items mentioned were purchased by myself.  All opinions are my own.







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